Bo & Sita Lozoff

Our Founders

Bo Lozoff

The cause of all our personal problems and nearly all the problems of the world can be summed up in a single sentence: Human life is very deep, and our modern dominant lifestyle is not. – Bo Lozoff

Bo and Sita Lozoff started the Prison-Ashram Project with Ram Dass in 1973, which has grown into the largest interfaith prison ministry in the world. Bo’s first book, We’re All Doing Time, now in its 21st printing, is widely referred to as the convicts’ bible and was named by Village Voice as one of the ten books everyone in the world should read. For over 30 years Bo traveled around the world giving talks in hundreds of prisons, churches and community centers. His many roles included author, spiritual teacher, friend, counselor, musician and modern-day mystic. In 1999, Bo received an honorary doctorate degree — a Doctor of Laws — from Chicago Theological Seminary. Bo died in 2012 in a motorcycle accident.

Sita Lozoff

Bo and I started the project over four decades ago with one simple idea: bring more kindness into the world…starting with one of its darkest corners – our jails and our prisons. –Sita Lozoff

Sita has served as a mother to thousands of men and women who write to her from prison. Even after more than 40 years of reading mail, the letters that arrive at HKF still touch her heart deeply. The love and compassion she feels for every person is real. 

Sita is the Spiritual Director at HKF. Along with Bo, she has been cited for numerous humanitarian awards, including the prestigious Temple Award for Creative Altruism from the Institute for Noetic Sciences. Their sincerity and commitment have earned the respect of hundreds of thousands of people in prisons and others around the world who feel inspired to follow a similar path of living simply and joyfully caring about others. 

Click here to read more of Sita’s story.